Arts: Go to the Country Fair!

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned country fair to make your summer whole. The Cummington Fair in the tiny burg of Cummington, Massachusetts is one of the oldest in the nation. It attracts people from many surrounding states.

The Cummington Fair is unique. The town is located in the rugged, rural hill country of Western Massachusetts (yes, there is rugged country in Massachusetts). The town used to be much more of a farming community, but farming is disappearing in Massachusetts and the region around Cummington has seen a big drop-off in other rural industries like logging because of environmentalist pressures. Most of the mountains are covered with a bounty of trees.

This fair is easily one of the smallest in America. The main fairgounds couldn’t be more than 15 acres, but jammed into it are amusement rides, tractor displays, 4-H animal barns, ag displays, food vendors, and even an arena where oxen show their strength pulling heavily-weighted sleds.

Indeed this old-fashioned fair is like a trip into the past. Here are a few pictures.

Here are some kids with their prize animals. Judging goes on for several days.

Look at this cute little girl with a pair of young oxen. Someday they will be pulling in the big show.

What would a country fair be without a circus act?

Look at these beautiful animals, a sure sign of the wonder of God’s creation.

These young ladies are fine farm girls with a smile on their faces at all times. It makes you realize how much they are a product of America’s healthy traditions of hard work and can-do optimism.

Here is one of the old-fashioned one-cylinder water pumps that are exhibited in Cummington.

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